The year-long wait is over, as we finally get to witness Moonlight’s director Barry Jenkins’ first TV series, The Underground Railroad. This show is a historical drama based on the book of the same name by Colson Whitehead. This limited ten-episode series is a highly anticipated project in which some episodes cost even more than the total budget for Moonlight. While the show is an adaptation of the book, the book itself managed to win the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. While the story is based on a set of routes of the lands of America, the book and the show have a different take on it. This allows an altogether personification for the words ‘The Underground Railroad’. This show depicts the gruesome lives of African-American Plantation Workers in the mid-1800s in the United States. Now that the show is finally out, question is, Where to Watch The Underground Railroad?
In reality, The Underground Railroad was a network of hidden routes that allowed nearly 1000 African-Americans a year to make their escape from Plantations. This escape route was created by abolitionists who aimed to abolish slavery from the United States. And these routes were never really underground but rather routes filled with safe houses that allowed one to hide. The show in itself is set in an alternate universe where the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad filled with engineers, conductors, tracks, and tunnels. Here, we follow the 16-year old Cora Randall, played by Thuso Mbedu, who escapes a plantation in Georgia. She is tagged along by the newcomer, Caesar, both of them who discover that the Underground Railroad wasn’t a metaphor. It is an actual subterranean train to freedom that would allow them to escape the antebellum South.
Where to Watch The Underground Railroad?
The Underground Railroad is available to watch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The ten episodes series had all of its episodes dropped at the same time on 14th May 2021. This streaming platform is available in over 240 countries and territories around the world. Considering that “The Underground Railroad” is a streaming exclusive, one can only watch it on Amazon Prime Video. This requires a subscription that is available with Amazon Prime Membership. An Amazon Prime Membership is available at a monthly cost of $12.99 per month or $119 per year. One can also opt for the 30-day free trial that can be canceled on the Manage Prime Membership page. This method can only be used by first-time users. Nevertheless, it is advised that one pay for the content they watch. One can also opt to get a standalone Amazon Prime Video membership for $8.99 per month.
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Who are in the Cast of The Underground Railroad?
The cast of The Underground Railroad is led by Thuso Mbedu as Cora Randall. Cora is a 16-year old girl looking to be free, She is be joined by the Great Gatsby’s Joel Edgarton as Ridgeway. Ridgeway is a bounty hunter looking to bring back Cora to the plantation. Then we have Krypton’s Aaron Pierre as Caesar, a love interest to Cora. Cora’s mother, Mabel is be played by Shiela Atim. William Jackson Harper plays the role of Royal, a free black man looking to rescue slaves. Damon Herriman and Lily Rabe play the roles of Martin and Ethel Wells respectively. While Fred Hechinger plays the role of Young Arnold Ridgeway